- a government document issued to a citizen for travel abroad, subject to visa requirements, certifying identity and citizenship: it entitles the bearer to the protection of his or her own country and that of the countries visited
- safe-conduct (senses & )
- anything that enables a person to be accepted, admitted, etc.
Origin of passportFrench passeport, safe-conduct, origin, originally , permission to leave or enter a port ; from passer, pass + port, port
- An official document issued by a government identifying a citizen, certifying his or her nationality, and formally requesting admittance and safe passage from foreign countries.
- An official permit issued by a foreign country allowing one to transport goods or to travel through that country.
- An official document issued by an allied foreign government to a ship, especially a neutral merchant ship in time of war, authorizing it to enter and travel through certain waters freely.
- Something that gives one the right or privilege of passage, entry, or acceptance: Hard work was her passport to success.
Origin of passportFrench passeport, from Old French : passer, to pass; see pass + port, port; see port1.
- An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issued.
- You will have to bring your passport to prove who you are.
- (by extension, informal) Any document that allows entry or passage.
- (figuratively) Something which enables someone to do or achieve something.
- The tenor's voice was his passport to the international concert circuit.